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Aug 21, 2019 00:36:39   #
woodguru wrote:
He's more worried about the NRA and Putin, he should be worried about the 80+ percent that support background checks and sensible gun laws.

Do you think he's worried about being in trouble with dems?

Why don't you try posting meaningful topics as opposed to you stream of consciousness? Do you really want to know what people think, or do you care about the reality of Trump's positions on gun control?


I believe PR is for something positive not just thoughts and prayers either. She really does believe something should be done.
 
Aug 21, 2019 00:33:17   #
JFlorio wrote:
I'm afraid fixing Washington would require term limits. Only gonna happen with a Constitutional Convention.


I am with you on the term limits---political "dynasties" have made politicians rich and left us with the dirty end of the stick.
Aug 20, 2019 00:40:18   #
JFlorio wrote:
Exactly. Many of the same rules we have for personal retirement accounts now could be imitated.


Sounds good sign me on. What else can we fix?
Aug 19, 2019 00:43:41   #
JFlorio wrote:
I agree.


How could it be implemented?
Aug 18, 2019 16:53:17   #
slatten49 wrote:
I spent quite some time on the phone this morning with 'PoppaGringo,' aka 'Salty'. I wish to address all OPPers regarding our relationship and bits of that conversation.

Over our years on OPP, we have become especially close. This, in spite of my living in Central Texas and him in greater San Diego, California. Perhaps it came about soon after we became acquainted through the OPP forum, due to our both being USMC combat Veterans...he of Korea, myself of Viet Nam. For whatever reason, we hit it off. Both of us being Marines, he soon started calling me 'Boot,' while I reciprocated by calling him 'Salty.' Marines on OPP will understand both in the text of each serving as terms of enduring & endearing respect.

We have visited with one another on both home grounds and maintain steady contact via phone and email. In the past, when he was active on OPP, we also maintained close communication through PMs. As we have met several of each others family, we have also become as family ourselves. Thus, it saddens me to provide the following update that had been requested by several OPPers as of late. I was given permission to share this info.

Salty now describes himself as totally disabled. He is unable to walk or take care of himself, and recently moved in with his retired Naval Officer son. His daughter is now visiting with him, and in the near future, he will be traveling back to Florida with her for continuous home care in her residence. We discussed the likelihood of our working out a plan where we could all spend some time together in Texas on their way back to Florida by car.

I will point out that he & I had disagreements on...among other things, politics. However, nothing stood or stands between our common bond as proud American Veterans. A note: One thing he had asked keeping quiet about on the forum was his being a POW during the Korean conflict. Upon his return to the states after Korea, he had suffered criticism as a result of being a POW and was sensitive to such. BTW, he was injured and unconscious from incoming artillery fire when captured. I now reveal that because it explains to a even higher degree the level of sacrifice he made in service to our great nation. It also adds to the reasons I revere the man.

I ask that each of you who know/knew of Salty (or even if you didn't) give pause when you can and, in the manner you choose, address his health and well-being via prayers, best wishes, thoughts, etc.. He is as fine an individual as I've ever known and deserves all the love, honor and respect we can send.

SEMPER FI, Salty
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I really liked Micheal. I was my pleasure to speak with him over the phone once thanks to you Slats. I wish him all the best in his move to Florida.
Aug 18, 2019 16:47:22   #
archie bunker wrote:
OH HELL NO......😢😢😢😢😢

Our 14-year-old dog Abbey died last month. The day after she passed away my 4-year-old daughter Meredith was crying and talking about how much she missed Abbey. She asked if we could write a letter to God so that when Abbey got to heaven, God would recognize her. I told her that I thought we could so, and she dictated these words:

Dear God,

Will you please take care of my dog? She died yesterday and is with you in heaven. I miss her very much. I am happy that you let me have her as my dog even though she got sick.

I hope you will play with her. She likes to swim and play with balls. I am sending a picture of her so when you see her you will know that she is my dog. I really miss her.

Love, Meredith

We put the letter in an envelope with a picture of Abbey and Meredith and addressed it to God/Heaven. We put our return address on it. Then Meredith pasted several stamps on the front of the envelope because she said it would take lots of stamps to get the letter all the way to heaven. That afternoon she dropped it into the letterbox at the post office. A few days later, she asked if God had gotten the letter yet. I told her that I thought He had.

Yesterday, there was a package wrapped in gold paper on our front porch addressed, 'To Meredith' in an unfamiliar hand. Meredith opened it. Inside was a book by Mr. Rogers called, 'When a Pet Dies.' Taped to the inside front cover was the letter we had written to God in its opened envelope. On the opposite page were the picture of Abbey & Meredith and this note:

Dear Meredith,

Abbey arrived safely in heaven. Having the picture was a big help and I recognized her right away.

Abbey isn't sick anymore. Her spirit is here with me just like it stays in your heart. Abbey loved being your dog. Since we don't need our bodies in heaven, I don't have any pockets to keep your picture in so I am sending it back to you in this little book for you to keep and have something to remember Abbey by.

Thank you for the beautiful letter and thank your mother for helping you write it and sending it to me. What a wonderful mother you have. I picked her especially for you. I send my blessings every day and remember that I love you very much. By the way, I'm easy to find. I am wherever there is love.

Love, God

Don't say you're too busy to Share this. Just go ahead and do it

Suspended Coffees You will all be happy to know this wonderful story is 100% true, please don't take offense to the reference of God, it's part of the story.

“Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind, and the third is to be kind.”

#WhenDogsGoToHeaven #WhatsYourStory #PrayingDogs
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It is nice. I lost my Collie-- Duke on my 8th birthday. brought up old memories.
 
Aug 18, 2019 16:43:57   #
JFlorio wrote:
If structured properly couldn't happen. It's complicated but so is Social Security.


I think it could be done.. If Structured with safeguards and guaranteed dividends --Why not let it be an option.
Aug 18, 2019 16:40:00   #
slatten49 wrote:
Sadly true.


I don't understand why so many intelligent and sophisticated people can't see with their own eyes what is going on around them.
Aug 18, 2019 13:18:03   #
It has only been a matter of time for the Genious master of debt to screw everything up. The next president is going to have a massive clean up job to do when he is gone. The societal damage may never be repaired.
Aug 18, 2019 13:09:22   #
JFlorio wrote:
Yes. Unfortunately Tom the Govt. would have to have rules in place to protect people from themselves. If you chose the investment route their would be specific rules a planned administer had to follow. Such as the older the worker gets the more conservative the investments become. I would use the old 100 rule. If you are forty for ie. 60 % of your investments would be aggressive and 40% would be conservative. As you age the percentages change. Aggressive lessens and conservative increases. There are investments out there that guarantee principal and still have a reasonable rate of return. I would still allow people to take retirement income at 62. Their choice. Let’s say your earnings were $500,000 after all those years of work and you retire at 62. The rules would set your draw at 4.5% payout for life. In this case $22,500/yr. For every year you delay the life time payout goes up .5% so at 67 ( the full retirement age for many workers now, depending on the year they were born) the payout would be 7%. or in case above $35,000/year. I would make 7% the highest % you could draw.. When the worker retires all investments go into principal guaranteed products. Remember in this system as you draw you still make interest. Guaranteeing a payment for life and never having to dip into another workers “bucket” as we do now; so to speak. I’ve given this idea a lot of thought over the years and have taken parts of other countries plans I like. Panama, Japan, Netherlands, to name a few. This would still be based on 6.2% being taken from your paycheck as they do now. The difference being choice.
Yes. Unfortunately Tom the Govt. would have to hav... (show quote)


Sounds ok to me as long as it is fail safe. Don't want a big crash like in 2008 to wipe it all away and leave seniors with no income at all.
Aug 17, 2019 22:31:38   #
JFlorio wrote:
Those same people are having 6.2% taken out now Tom. I’m just saying let them put that directly from their check into something that will make them much more.


So social security would be an option? You could invest it yourself or put it into a social security account.
 
Aug 15, 2019 23:49:20   #
slatten49 wrote:
Tom, having you and others around has offset the malevolence of AuntiE and the demonic Mack.


Aug 15, 2019 23:42:55   #
badbobby wrote:
the report now is out
that Epsiein was kneeling on the floor with paper bed sheets tied around his neck and the bed frame
I for one find that conclusion a lil ridiculous
I think he had help


007 did it at the behest of her majesty
Aug 14, 2019 23:54:01   #
JFlorio wrote:
Social Security is a giant ponzi scheme Tom. It wasn't meant to be someones entire retirement. Unfortunately it is for a great deal of Americans. It will fail without major changes. It's just math. When SS was first implemented the avg. age people lived to age 62. That age has increased to 82. There are also less people putting in until recently. SS benefits were due to be cut in 2033 but now because of full employment that has been pushed to 2034. There are ideas to shore it up such as increase the income limit. Presently that limit is at $132,900. No SS is taken out of payroll taxes over that amount at this time.
Here's one idea, (mine).
My idea is to give workers a choice. Presently S.S.'s formula is based off your 35 highest earning years. Anyone with 35 years in or within ten years of 35 and planning on working until they reach 35 will be grandfathered in. Others should have the choice of rolling over what they have contributed into an IRA (contributory limits would be raised) or staying with S.S.. With special provisions on when they can get to it. They could then invest as a formula permits with deductions automatic from their check or if self employed a percentage mandated to go into you IRA. The simplest formula I know of is based off 100. If your age is 55 you should have 55% or more of your retirement savings in "safe" can't lose principle products and 45% in more speculative type investments. As you get older the formula changes and investments become more conservative. This type of "laddering" will definitely out perform the S.S. payment received today. Oh well my 2 cents for what it's worth.
Social Security is a giant ponzi scheme Tom. It wa... (show quote)
All that IRA stuf is fine for those who can afford to get into a plan. What about the millions who work for minimum wage and have not a dime to spare for their entire working life?
Aug 14, 2019 23:50:48   #
lpnmajor wrote:
Criminals and those contemplating a crime, don't give a shit about permits or public sentiment. That latest California shooter that killed a cop? He was a convicted felon....for whom possessing ANY weapon was.....................illegal.

We cannot legislate our way out of this morass of hate or relieve our people of their love affair with violence.


So what you are saying is do absolutely nothing.
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